RE: [Synoptic-L] Early interpolations
- I have a big problem when trying to understand what changes the gospel authors might have made during the writing of
what became the first versions of their texts to be seen by anyone else (except their scribes if they used them).
Because I've never been in the position of writing by hand anything of this length, I just don't have a good frame of
reference to know how many false starts the authors might have made, how many pages (or scrolls?) might have been thrown
away, how many pages of notes might have been made before writing, how many crossings out and/or re-writing there might
have been, etc. Surely, until we have a handle on the physical process involved at the time (including, or course, the
cost and/or availability of writing material), then I don't see that we can really understand the state of the first
version to be seen by others. Is there anything that can shed any light on just how easy or difficult it was to produce
that first version, and how many changes/corrections it might have contained?
David Inglis, Lafayette, CA, 94549, USA
From: Synoptic@yahoogroups.com [mailto:Synoptic@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of E Bruce Brooks
Sent: Saturday, September 03, 2011 12:47 AM
Subject: RE: [Synoptic-L] Early interpolations
Is "interpolation" a valid category of analysis? I suspect one should at least distinguish the authorial
self-improvement (the marginal word, or the intercalated page, added to my SBL paper the night before I give it, or
Mark's marginal asides for when he happens to be guest preaching outside Palestine) from the hostile posthumous
intrusion (like much of the stuff that now bespecks and theologically confuses the genuine epistles of Paul, and the
most important of them, Rom, Gal, 1 Cor, in proportion to their perceived importance). And these in turn from the
scribal mischances that we all know and love. Each of these probably has its own rhythm, or anyway its own aetiology,
just as the oscilloscope trace of a clarinet note is the algebraic sum of several different sinewaves, each one coming
out of a different corner of the acoustic landscape.
There is no glottochronology.
E Bruce Brooks
University of Massachusetts at Amherst_,_._,___
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- Out of curiosity I tried this search on Google Books
interpolation OR interpolated OR interpolate
subject:"Gospels" or "New Testament
I got about 10 hits - far fewer than I expected. On looking at
these (where that was possible) I noted a considerable variety
of usage. One or other of the terms is used (in the books located)
in relation to Mat.27.16; Mk.1.2; Lk 9-18; Jn 1.6-8 & 15; 3.22-30;
Jn 19.35, 21.24; Rom 15-16;1 Cor.1.2-16;Josephus Apion Bk.2,or the
Gospel of Nicodemus
Some are "editorial" interpolations, some are interpolations with
textual evidence, but I think one or two may be neither of these.
As it would seem that writers of the available books don't use the term
much I then turned to the ATLA database of journal articles
with a similar search for
"interpolation OR interpolated OR interpolate" (in full text) AND
subject:"Gospels" Date 1950-2011
This got 44 hits from a shorter span of time, most of them from items
available in pdf, but not showing where the hits are, or what they include.
(To check these one would need to do a lot of downloads and pdf searches.)
Tentative conclusion: it would seem that articles use the term more
than books do, but the snippet results from Google Books provide a
handy list of varied examples from the NT of three different types of
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